Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Trail of Tears Chief Praised
A letter to the editor in yesterday's Southern Illinoisan praised the long service of Andy West, the site superintendent of Trail of Tears State Forest and one of the nearly 90 employees of the Department of Natural Resources being laid off.

The letter is the second one on the page.

Besides superintending the state forest, West is also involved in the effort to locate, mark and commemorate the Cherokee Trail of Tears, which as one might come to expect in Illinois, doesn't actually go through the state forest, but just near it.

Laying off the people who manage the sites in the field rather than the layers higher up only will hurt Southern Illinois' efforts to create jobs through tourism.


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